Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now!

12345

 

Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” We need to remember that. It is an obvious truth, but one often overlooked. Games can be won or lost on either side by forgetting that there is one more quarter or another inning or one more lap. The team behind can stage a comeback if it does not give up. The team ahead can become lazy with its lead and find itself behind.

 

The marathon runner, toward the end of the grueling race when he or she is exhausted and just does not have much strength left, might be inclined to plead, “Feet, don’t fail me now!” Not now; not after all that tortuous practice and training, not after having qualified to run; not after running almost the whole way. Don’t let the agony of the feet bring the agony of defeat.

 

You Were Running Well

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). The Scriptures often use the figure of running a race to describe the life of faith. Many different applications are made from this analogy. Here, Paul refers to the spiritual regression of some of the disciples in Galatia as if they had been running well in a race but had faltered.

 

We know from the context of Galatians exactly what the problem was. They had come out of idolatry and the vain things of heathenism. But some were leading them to believe that they could only be justified by keeping the previous covenant that God had made with Israel at Mount Sinai. But such efforts were vain, for it had never been the purpose of the Law of Moses to save Gentiles, but rather to lead both Jew and Gentile to Christ for salvation: “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed.

 

Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:23-29).

 

Consequently, by depending on something other than the grace of God through obedient faith in Christ, many were no longer “running well.” They had stumbled. Once they had been enslaved to idols. Now they were being enslaved to human requirements that God had never intended for them. In doing so, they were severing themselves from grace (Galatians 4:9-11; 5:4).

 

The Importance of Running Well

“Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14). The perfect attitude for living for Christ is given by Paul here.

 

In fact, he continues by saying, “Let us, therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;” (Philippians 3:15). Get this: while we never reach perfection in this life, we can have the perfect attitude conducive for winning our eternal victory in Jesus. That attitude is summed up by Paul, and essentially states that one who has it never gives up! He keeps “pressing on” and does not regard his race as being finished before it really is. He does not allow former things, good or bad, to hinder him from “reaching forward.”

 

Hindrances to Running Well

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1,2). Paul had asked the Galatians, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” Here, the Hebrew writer speaks of “encumbrances” and “the sin which so easily entangles us.” In short, our path is not always clear.

 

First, these hindrances are not from God (James 1:13). Obstacles are placed by Satan. He is our adversary and will block us completely if he can. But good news: he can’t! God will always ensure that there is a path to follow to victory and will help us find it and stay on it (1 Corinthians 10:13). So the answer to Paul’s question about “what hindered” is “Satan.” (Paul already knew the answer; he asked the question to get the Galatians to think about it) (Luke 8:12; 2 Timothy 2:26).

 

The form of these hindrances might be any carnal thing. It could be jealousy or hatred; pride or greed. It might be a desire for comfort or acceptance of others. It might be fear. Overcoming these things is both necessary and possible, with the help of God who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

 

The Meaning of Running Well

It was “the truth” that the Galatians had been “hindered” from obeying that Paul pinpointed as the reason they were no longer running well. Running well is to faithfully trust and obey God. There is no substitute for obedience, and one cannot run well apart from obedience unto Christ.

 

In fact, we become Christians and are freed from sin when we obey Jesus “from the heart” (Romans 6:16-18). This is how we start the race.

 

The race ends when we leave this world, but not before (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

 

In between, we are “pressing forward” and “reaching forward.” We “fix our eyes on Jesus” as we see Him by faith waiting to reward us, having gone before us. We rejoice, confident that our opponent cannot beat us as long as we follow Jesus. And we can smile at Yogi Berra’s wisdom. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

 

Maverick City Music – The Story I’ll Tell (ft. Naomi Raine)

Official Music Video for “The Story I’ll Tell” featuring Naomi Raine by Maverick City Music. Written by Naomi Raine, Alton Eugene, and Benji Cowart during a Maverick City Music camp, this video was captured at a small gathering at 1971 Sounds in Atlanta. “The Story I’ll Tell” will be released on Maverick City Music Vol 3, part 2 – streaming soon! For more live worship songs and moments, download the TRIBL app today: App Store –http://triblmusic.com/apple Google Play – http://triblmusic.com/google  (Premiered Jun 19, 2020)

Lyrics VERSE 1
The hour is dark,
And it’s hard to see,
What you are doin’,
Here in the ruins
And where this will lead,

Oh but I know,
That down through the years,
I’ll look on this moment,
See your hand on it
And know you were here

PRE CHORUS
And I’ll testify of the battles you’ve won
How you were my portion when there wasn’t enough
I’ll sing a song of the seas that we crossed
The waters you parted
The waves that I walked

CHORUS
OH OH OH My God did not fail
OH OH OH it’s the story I’ll tell
OH OH OH I know it is well
OH OH OH is the story I’ll tell

VERSE 2
Believing gets hard
When options are few
When I can’t see how you’re moving
I know that you’re proving
You’re the God that comes through

Oh but I know
That over the years,
I’ll look back on this moment
And see your hand on it
And know You were here

BRIDGE
All that is left is highest praises
So sing hallelujah to the Rock of Ages

 

Republican congressman echoes Rand Paul’s call for DOJ probe into funding of riots | News

PETITION UPDATE (9/1/2020):

Dear Jerome,

U.S. Senator Rand Paul and U.S. Representative Ken Buck are calling for an investigation into the funding of the recent violent protests which have convulsed parts of the nation.

Please click on this link to read the full story of Sen. Paul’s and Rep. Buck’s call for the Department of Justice to start investigating the violent protests: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/republican-congressman-echoes-rand-pauls-call-for-doj-probe-into-funding-of-riots

Late last week, Senator Paul and his wife, Kelley Paul, were harassed by protesters after the Republican National Convention. If not for the courage shown by Capitol police, it is possible that the situation could have turned violent.

The Pauls were not permitted by the protesters to pass freely; that is to say, they were physically detained – against their will – by the so-called ‘peaceful’ protesters.

Describing the events of that night in an op-ed for the Washington Times, Mrs. Paul wrote: “The mob swarmed me and my husband, Sen. Rand Paul, in a tight circle, screaming expletives, threats, and shouting, ‘Say her name.’ We rushed up to two police officers, and I believe that is the only thing that kept us from being knocked to the ground. Even pressed against the officers, we were greatly outnumbered.”

Not only that, but Senator Paul noted that some of the protesters were staying in the same hotel as he and his wife.

This fact prompted Sen. Paul to state the following in an opinion piece with Fox: “Who are these people? Who paid for their hotel rooms? Who flew them in? Law enforcement needs to look at the funding of violent criminal activity like this. And national Democrats need to confront it. It’s organized. It’s paid for. It’s violent. It’s not about Black lives or any lives; it’s about anarchy and destruction.”

Please click here to read an excellent analysis of Senator Paul’s call for the FBI to take action against the rent-a-mob phenomenon, or what Paul refers to as, “interstate criminal traffic.”

We already know that the Soros-run organization, Open Society Foundations (OSF), are donating $220 million to “Black-led justice organizations” that, among themselves, have called for defunding the police and mass mail-in voting, and expressed support for the riots that have swept across the country.

Most notably, Soros’ OSF have funded the Black Lives Matter organization which is openly calling for revolution on its web-page and which is, itself, a racist organization.

It’s time that Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and, indeed, the Black Lives Matter organization, are investigated for any ties they may have to violence and the recent riots.

Thank you for trusting LifeSite as one of your sources of news.

Yours sincerely,

Gualberto Garcia Jones
Director of Advocacy
LifeSite

PS – Maybe you would consider CLICKING HERE to share this article on Facebook with your like-minded friends, family or neighbors?

PPS – If you don’t use Facebook, simply copy and paste the following link into an email which you send to your contacts, asking them to sign: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/republican-congressman-echoes-rand-pauls-call-for-doj-probe-into-funding-of-riots

Thank you!